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Hey, Here's Rock Band 3!

USA Today nabs details on Harmonix's next game.

Hey, want to see Rock Band 3's new keyboard controller and hear about a few of the improvements coming to Harmonix's next Rock Band release?

I'd sure love to tell you all about it. And maybe, in another 23 hours or so, I will. But until then, here's a video from USA Today.
 
  


They've also posted a partial song list, helpfully organized by decade.

2000s

  • Combat Baby -- Metric
  • Dead End Friends -- Them Crooked Vultures
  • Get Free -- The Vines
  • Lasso -- Phoenix
  • Me Enamora -- Juanes
  • Oh My God -- Ida Maria
  • Portions of Foxes -- Rilo Kiley
  • The Hardest Button to Button -- The White Stripes

1990s
  • Been Caught Stealing -- Jane's Addiction
  • In the Meantime -- Spacehog
  • Plush -- Stone Temple Pilots
  • Walkin' on the Sun -- Smash Mouth

1980s
  • Crazy Train -- Ozzy Osbourne
  • Here I Go Again -- Whitesnake
  • I Love Rock and Roll -- Joan Jett
  • Just Like Heaven -- The Cure
  • Rainbow in the Dark -- Dio
  • The Power of Love -- Huey Lewis and the News
  • Sister Christian -- Night Ranger

1960s-1970s
  • Bohemian Rhapsody -- Queen
  • Break On Through -- The Doors
  • Crosstown Traffic -- Jimi Hendrix
 For more details, see USA Today's story.    
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Posted By Jeff

Hey, want to see Rock Band 3's new keyboard controller and hear about a few of the improvements coming to Harmonix's next Rock Band release?

I'd sure love to tell you all about it. And maybe, in another 23 hours or so, I will. But until then, here's a video from USA Today.
 
  


They've also posted a partial song list, helpfully organized by decade.

2000s

  • Combat Baby -- Metric
  • Dead End Friends -- Them Crooked Vultures
  • Get Free -- The Vines
  • Lasso -- Phoenix
  • Me Enamora -- Juanes
  • Oh My God -- Ida Maria
  • Portions of Foxes -- Rilo Kiley
  • The Hardest Button to Button -- The White Stripes

1990s
  • Been Caught Stealing -- Jane's Addiction
  • In the Meantime -- Spacehog
  • Plush -- Stone Temple Pilots
  • Walkin' on the Sun -- Smash Mouth

1980s
  • Crazy Train -- Ozzy Osbourne
  • Here I Go Again -- Whitesnake
  • I Love Rock and Roll -- Joan Jett
  • Just Like Heaven -- The Cure
  • Rainbow in the Dark -- Dio
  • The Power of Love -- Huey Lewis and the News
  • Sister Christian -- Night Ranger

1960s-1970s
  • Bohemian Rhapsody -- Queen
  • Break On Through -- The Doors
  • Crosstown Traffic -- Jimi Hendrix
 For more details, see USA Today's story.    
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Edited By Jadeskye

ugh more rockband. i'm so done with this. I don't need more plastic in my living room.

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Posted By jaymorgoth

Bohemiam Rhaspody! Yes please!

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Posted By Jeffsekai

 Bohemian Rhapsody -- Queen  
 
sold 

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Posted By xyzygy
Needs more Radiohead!!! 
 
@jadeskye
said:
" ugh more rockband. i'm so done with this. "
Rock Band isn't nearly as milked as Guitar Hero. Rock Band isn't milked at all because they mostly release new songs via DLC. 
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Posted By Jadeskye
@xyzygy said:
" Needs more Radiohead!!! 
 
@jadeskye
said:
" ugh more rockband. i'm so done with this. "
Rock Band isn't nearly as milked as Guitar Hero. Rock Band isn't milked at all because they mostly release new songs via DLC.  "
i'll give you that. but i've been playing what is basically a musical quick time event on plastic peripherals for a while now and i've had my fill. Done!
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Posted By FunExplosions

Incorporate my stationary bike and we'll talk.

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Posted By MeatSim

I am glad I avoided this whole music game trend.

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Posted By WickedCestus

Keyboard looks awesome.

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Posted By Zephyr

Them Crooked Vultures, Dio and The Doors???? SOLD!!

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Posted By Crono11

I'm really looking forward to Rock Band 3. I haven't hit music game saturation yet.

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Posted By jonnyboy

Added to rental list. If EA bring that online code across all their franchises, this will be removed from the rentals list. And sadness will reside.

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Posted By Landon

I have stopped myself from playing music games for a few months now. By the time RB3 comes out, i'll be ready to jump back in.

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Posted By wolf_blitzer85

So hey yeah Doors....cool.

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Posted By JJOR64
@Jeffsekai said:
"  Bohemian Rhapsody -- Queen   sold  "
Same here.  I'm going to buy 10 copies of this game now.
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Posted By hedfone

wait wait wait...... fucking smash mouth?

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Posted By tomance

They are definitely adding some cool things.  It's nice to see that it's a sequel that should actually be a sequel.  As much as I'll want it I really probably won't play it too much.  I'd rather just stick to DJ Hero.  

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Posted By iAmJohn

Bohemian Rhapsody is going to be no fucking fun to play unless you're one of the two instruments that is in the song for more than a minute. 
 
Sold on the Doors, though.

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Posted By AlwaysBeClothing

I was just going over in my mind how I don't know if I want to spend $200-400 on a full kit and how crummy the partial setlist was, then I got to the 1980s.  They just crushed me the The Cure and Dio.  Day one purchase.

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Posted By Teeknuts

Yep, I'm sold. Just Like Heaven AND Break On Through.

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Edited By Abomstar

 For anyone that didn't watch the video/missed this tidbit: there will be a Pro mode with an actual Fender guitar. Given Harmonix's record, I'm going to guess this renders "Rise of the SixString" utterly stillborn, but I don't know for sure. If you don't want the instrument, you can also purchase a "fake-real" guitar, that simulates the fretting with a ton of buttons, or just play with the standard 5-frets. This is seriously a game changer.
 
Plus the 25-key keyboard, plus three extra cymbals for the drums.

Isn't this all just too much for people? I keep getting the feeling that it is. But I'm like THE target demographic for this game, having purchased about 80% of the DLC they've put out so far, an expert player on all instruments with many 1st place expert guitar scores, who's been getting a little tired of the formula, and who's been brushing up on their actual guitar skills. I genuinely enjoy listening to and being exposed to new music through these games, so somehow it's never gotten stale for me, and this announcement is making my fucking head spin. I consider myself equal parts music fan and gamer, but since Guitar Hero II I haven't been able to pry myself away from rhythm games long enough to appreciate much else, and it looks like the cycle will continue.

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Posted By Mystyr_E

so is Jump or Come Sail Away gonna show up? Too bad this wasn't in Beatles Rock Band so I can play Hey Jude

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Posted By LiquidPrince

I wonder if a company like Harmonix will or can ever make a non music related game.

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Posted By Distrato

YES!!

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Posted By spiceninja

I thought I was finished with these games but Rock Band always seems to get me excited. I need a new guitar and that keyboard and I'll be set.

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Posted By TheIneffableBob

Needs more Nickelback

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Posted By Arrested_Developer

Ben Folds, now.

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Posted By DrakeAsh

Having the Ion Drumset already, this is an easy purchase.  Plus, if the Pro mode is available in guitar as well, which it looks like it will be, this is the fresh breath of air into the series.  I love the series dearly, and I have pumped in more hours and money than I care to realize, but it has been a lot of fun learning to play the drums through this game.  I am all for the innovation, and Harmonix seems to always get it right.  

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Posted By RobotHamster

This looks awesome, but its not even close to the authenticity of kid rock.

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Posted By NinjaHunter

 Bohemian Rhapsody! Ok Im sold on the game AND the Keyboard  controller.  

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Posted By Pathos

Looks mad! Just hope it comes out here in Australia. :(

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Posted By GenghisJohn

im spending $60 so sing Plush

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Posted By RedSox8933

I think it looks pretty cool. When the keyboard comes out they should patch Beatles: Rock Band for keyboard support.

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Posted By masternater27

Such a zzzzzzzz setlist they posted.

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Posted By CharlesAlanRatliff

I am really liking the keyboard!

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Posted By gakon

Guitar, keyboard, drums, vocal harmonies, Bohemian Rhapsody?  Fantastic.

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Posted By JackiJinx

All those years of piano made a nerve in me twitch seeing that guy play with only one hand. That's just wrong! So wrong! Those poor keys...

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Posted By louiedog

I didn't check the USA Today story, but Kotaku is reporting a guitar peripheral with actual strings.  For anyone who invested in the people behind PowerGig: Rise of the Sixstring, I'm sorry.

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Edited By Heartagram

FUCK YEAH love the Doors. Like Seriously in the past few months I fucking fell in Love with them. Sold Big Time. 
 
The Keyboard also looks great.

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Posted By Drewbs

Maybe I will actually purchase the instruments this time.

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Posted By FightMeNerd

 If they say I can import my songs from rock band 2 AND from one to this. I will but the most expensive bundle they can provide me. Including the realistic guitar for pro mode and all the goodies.
 
I loves my DLC.
 Not as important though, I wonder if they will go through the back catalogue and update older DLC to use the new instruments and pro mode at any point...

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Posted By Pat_McCrotch

Metric, Them Crooked Vultures, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY?? I'm sold.

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Posted By Traegan

For the shape of that keyboard, they better have attachments for a strap for Keytar awesomeness.

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Posted By Biddy
@xyzygy said:
" Needs more Radiohead!!!
Here here! Keyboard could work as a synthesizer.
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Posted By InfiniteGeass

No songs that I like revealed so far, but the keyboard looks interesting.

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Posted By niamahai

25 key keyboard?!!?!
 
that sounds fun to play!
 
*please EA release for asia region
 *please EA release for asia region 
 *please EA release for asia region  

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Posted By Smokay

Keyboards?Rainbow in dark?Fantastic it would be cool if they added the gates of babylon

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Posted By UncleGramps

Between the keyboard, Pro Mode, and the setlist (Rainbow in the Dark, The Power of Love, Just Like Heaven, Crazy Train, Here I Go Again, Sister Christian, Bohemian Rhapsody, Break on Through, and Crosstown Traffic), I'm sold.  Pre-ordering the keyboard bundle tomorrow.

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Posted By MormonWarrior

JUANES?!?!?!?!?!? Freaking YES!! "Me Enamora" is a fantastic song. I've been wanting to sing in Spanish forever on these...
 
Me enamora, que me hablas con tu boca...

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Posted By CoolDrMoney

"Combat Baby" and "Plush", finally.